Umami Burger recently decided to have a little fun with everyone’s favorite holiday drink from Starbucks with their newest creation, the Pumpkin Spice Latte Burger. Like everyone else, I was super intrigued to see if Umami could successfully merge the taste of a pumpkin spice latte with a juicy burger. So I swung by the Uptown location in Oakland, CA to experience it first hand.
So what did I think?
The burger arrived with a mountain of fried Japanese Kabocha (also known as Japanese pumpkin), topped with a coffee molasses drizzle. It definitely tasted very strong of coffee but it was weirdly delicious. After munching some of the fried Kabocha down so that the burger was an eatable size, I was ready to go in.
The first bite tasted as crazy as the burger sounds. You get all the flavor of sweet pumpkin spice from the mascarpone cheese which is mellowed out a bit by the garlic aioli. The tempura Kabocha has a subtle sweetness to it as well and lends just the right amount of crunch. And as with all their burgers you can taste the freshness of the meat, which is made from premium quality beef that is hand ground in their kitchen and cooked to medium rare perfection. With every bite I took, I kept wondering how the flavors of pumpkin spice and coffee could actually taste good on a burger – but it just did. After devouring a plate of their famous truffle fries I was unable finish the last couple bites of the burger as it was all so rich, but nonetheless I enjoyed the experience.
And a unique experience is just what Umami Burger has in mind when they create their dishes. Every item on their menu is crafted like a work of art. So if you feel that the Pumpkin Spice Latte Burger is a little too out of your comfort zone try another menu staple, like the Manly Burger which is made with beer-cheddar cheese, smoked-salt onion strings, and bacon lardons (pictured on the left below).
The burger is available now at all participating locations for $12 and is expected to be served until the end of 2014. Check out their locations to see if there is an Umami Burger near you!
Words by Rian Worm